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Everything You Need To Know About Duct Cleaning

When you’re cleaning your home, you probably do the dusting every week or every couple of weeks (we don’t judge!). If you don’t dust regularly, the cobwebs and dirt soon build up.

Now, imagine how much dust would build up over the course of a month in an area that you don’t see very often. How about over six months?

Keeping that pile of dust, dirt, and generally nasty stuff in mind – when was the last time you cleaned your air ducts?

Think about it; they’re always bringing air in and out of your home. Dust is bound to get trapped and lodged along the way. If you don’t get rid of this dust on a regular basis, you can run into bigger problems than dust bunnies.

Not only do dusty and dirty ducts sound a bit repulsive, but they can also reduce the air quality in your home and cause health problems.

Broken ducts can land a repair bill on your hands if you don’t keep your ducts maintained, but they can also lead to your family breathing in a lot of dirt and pathogens.

Let’s take a look at how you can avoid nasty chest infections and hefty bills by keeping your ducts free of dirt and dust.

How important is cleaning your air ducts?

Air ducts are an important part of any HVAC system. They’re responsible for helping the hot air and cold air travel to different parts of your home.

These ducts can accumulate a lot of dirt, dust, and other debris over time, which can damage your HVAC system and affect how it performs.

When your ducts become dirty, your HVAC system has to work extra hard to heat and cool your home. This won’t just increase your utility bills, but it could damage your system and cost you expensive repairs over time.

The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to get somebody to clean your HVAC ducts regularly.

What are the benefits of cleaning your ducts?

Many people are under the impression that duct cleaning is a waste of time and money, but this isn’t the case at all. Duct cleaning is very important and extremely beneficial to your home and your HVAC unit.

Here are the three main benefits of cleaning your ducts:

1. Improved air quality

A large amount of dust, dirt, pet hair and small bits of debris can accumulate in our homes rather quickly. And unfortunately, it’s all trapped inside our home and can pass through your vents and get stuck in your air ducts.

If there’s moisture in the air from a humid climate, this debris can sometimes cause mold to grow. When your air duct is cycling air from your system, the air will pass over the mold and move mold spores throughout your house.

Getting your air ducts professionally cleaned will help you eliminate mold or contaminants and improve air quality.

2. Save energy & money

If you don’t get your air ducts cleaned regularly, that build-up of dust and grime is going to put a strain on your HVAC system. If you’ve noticed a dip in productivity with your HVAC system, then it could be down to dirty air ducts.

With dust-filled air ducts, your HVAC system is going to have to work twice as hard for you. This strain could eventually lead it to break down, meaning you’ll have to pay repair fees to get it back up and running.

If your HVAC system is working overtime, it’ll also increase your utility bill. The best way to stop this from happening is to get your ducts cleaned by a professional.

3. Extend the life of your HVAC system

One of the main reasons for HVAC failure is improper duct cleaning and lack of maintenance.

Many people don’t keep their ducts clean or maintain their unit because it’s another cost, but spending thousands of dollars on a new system seems like a worse choice (that’s easily avoidable).

Schedule your air duct cleaning service today to ensure your ducts are cleaned and your system is running efficiently.

How do you clean air ducts?

The best way to clean your air ducts is to hire a specialist to do it for you. They’ll make sure to get all the dust, grime, and dirt out of your air ducts.

Like with most cleanings, the main goal is to get rid of any unwanted material, but duct cleaning actually has a lot more to it than the name suggests.

Duct cleaning isn’t just about the ducts. 

When your contractor comes to clean your ducts, they’ll be looking at multiple components of your HVAC system.

They have to identify, access, and clean the:

  • Coils
  • Drain pan
  • Registers
  • Grills
  • Air plenum
  • Blower
  • Heat exchanger
  • Air filter
  • Air cleaner
  • Air ducts themselves

They’ll also spray antimicrobial chemicals to help with odor control.

If you’re looking to get your air ducts cleaned by an expert, then our team of HVAC specialists would love to help.
At Nichols and Phipps, we want to make sure you stay toasty in the winter and stay cool in the summer. We have specialists who know everything about HVAC systems and will make sure that your unit is in perfect working order all year round.
Give us a call at (703) 670-8519 to schedule your appointment today.